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  1. I don't see anything wrong with running two or more units using the same address on each decoder, provided you don't want to split and re-marshal the train. I have a Realtrack Class 156 unit, which has two decoders (one in each car) and these are both set up with the same address. As has been said, you can adjust the top speed and speed curve on most decoders to allow two units to run together. The most basic adjustments would be CV2 (the starting voltage), CV5 (the maximum voltage) and CV6 (the mid voltage). If you one unit is appreciably faster than the other, then reduce the
  2. From the initial description, I actually thought you'd want something along the lines of the Neleveator (https://www.nelevation.com/). However looking at the website, the main issue is that the trains are loaded centrally, which means that half of the height of the unit is above the rail deck, which means that it wouldn't fit in the ship (or at least the standard 00 version, which takes 12 trains wouldn't. I'm sure that the same principles could be used to design a less tall version, but I suspect that a horizontal deck as your proposing is possibly the best way forward.
  3. I'm not particularly familiar with this controller, but I would have expected the output voltage to be about 12 Volts. Have you tried measuring the potential difference across the rails using a multi-meter? Does it show around 12V DC when the controller is turned up? The HM2000 manual doesn't make any reference to 17 Volts - the outputs are just described as controlled DC. https://www.islandrailways.co.uk/pdf/R8012-HM2000-Controller-Multilingual.pdf Power is measured in Watts, which is the product of the potential difference across the rails (measured in Vo
  4. I don't think you'll find this information in the Working Time Table. I think all the WTT does is define that a service of that description has been allocated a path over the network at the times stated. It may be that the precise formation of a train (particularly freight) would vary from day to day, but the WTT won't show that variation - just that there is a daily path (or whatever the frequency was). To answer your question, you'll probably need photographs, but since it's your railway and it doesn't represent an actual location, I think you can just use what you want.
  5. No What is this 'external power to the track'? Power to the track should only be coming from the Select (or a separate Booster if the system is capable of expansion, which I don't think the Select is). My understanding is that the Select comes with a 1 Amp power supply, but that this can be replaced with a 4 Amp supply if more power is required, but I think this would just replace the 1 Amp supply that you are using at the moment. That is, you plug the higher current transformer into the Select and then connect the Select to the track as before.
  6. My understanding is that the R965 doesn't actually have a transformer and therefore isn't the actual power supply. It simply has a 16V AC input and it rectifies that to provide a variable 12V DC output to the track, plus there are terminals that allow the input power source to be passed straight through as 16V AC for 'accessories'. What is more relevant is what is providing power to the R965. If it's a C912, then that provides less than one Amp, whereas if it's an R964, that provides five Amps. Neither are equivalent to the Lenz TR100, which is what the LS150 is supposed to be u
  7. I agree that there's no need to be constrained to the Inglenook concept, as long as it's a conscious decision to move away from that concept. I guess the operational concern that I'd have is that the sidings serving your warehouse at the top of the plan can accommodate more wagons than the head-shunt, which just seems to be a single ST-201 straight, so you'll need several moves to get the wagons in and out of the siding. That said, I believe that there were numerous places where the head-shunt was significantly shorter than the sidings it served, so it's not necessarily an unbelievable scena
  8. The only place that I you could use a three way point would be to combine the two points bottom right. However, you are correct that to use a three way point you would have to move away from set-track geometry as there isn't a three-way point in that range. I believe that Peco's three-way point in the code 100 streamline range is a small radius turnout (nominally 2' curve) and medium radius turnout (nominally 3' curve) superimposed on one another with the heel ends aligned and the position of the switchblades at the toe end differing by the difference in length between the small and medium r
  9. Is the Hornby R965 not an old DC trainset controller? The LS150 is operated by instructions over the DCC bus (track or accessory) from a DCC command station. I think you should be able to operate the Lenz LS150 using Railmaster and whatever you DCC controller is (Hornby Elite?). Are you suggesting using the Hornby R965 instead of the Lenz TR100, which is the recommended power supply for the LS150? I note that the Lenz LS150 manual (https://www.lenz-elektronik.de/pdf/b_11150_def.pdf) states that "AC voltage must be used for the power supply. Do not use a D
  10. In terms of wiring it up, I'd probably split the layout into two sections with the two ST202 short straights in your loop crossovers being the dividing point with both rail joints being isolated. The top half of the layout would be fed from the left side and the bottom half would be fed between the two points that are toe to toe in the bottom right. I think that would ensure that all turnouts are fed from the toe end. If you plan on having more than one locomotive on the layout at the same time, then you'll need somewhere to isolate one of the locomotives whilst the other is running round.
  11. Further up thread it refers to track gauges of 9.42 mm and 4 mm - I understand that it is a 2mm finescale layout where the mainline locomotives are effectively N gauge, but the narrow gauge line represents 2' gauge prototypes in 2mm scale, hence the 4 mm track gauge. That therefore places the narrow gauge stock somewhere between T Gauge and Z Gauge, so I can appreciate why trying to fit a decoder in the narrow gauge locomotives is not an option. By comparison, H0e locomotives are huge. I think the confusion probably stems from the fact that the point photographed in the original
  12. Whilst I'd heard of Footex, I had to look up both Mystex and Adex, as these aren't terms I am familar with. Where these were inter-regional services, was the same locomotive used for the whole journey, in which case outgoing services would be hauled by a southern based locomotive, but incoming services could be hauled by anything from the nearest originating depot? My search for Adex led me to the Class 40 Wikipedia page, which states "Throughout the early 1980s Class 40s were common performers on relief, day excursion (adex) and holidaymaker services ....This resulted in visits t
  13. I think the point being made is that the narrow gauge is not 009, but something smaller than Z gauge. The standard gauge being 2mm finescale (or effectively N gauge) is the DCC railway. It's the smaller than Z gauge narrow gauge railway that is DC.
  14. My understanding is that the NCE PowerCab starter set is a 2 Amp system, so under a short circuit scenario your PowerCab will probably be able to supply something like 2.1 or 2.2 Amps to the track, before shutting itself down, so that is the current that you should be designing for. The NCE PowerCab will have it's own overload protection, but you can set up a circuit breaker with a lower rating - for example, the DCCSpecialities PSX can be set to cut out at 1.27 Amps https://www.dccconcepts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/PSX-Quick-Reference-Guide.pdf.
  15. Voltage drop proportional to the product of current draw and the resistance of the wire, so the higher your current draw, the larger the voltage drop will be for any given wire size and length. The way to reduce the voltage drop is to reduce the resistance of the wire, which means using more strands - ie a thicker wire. Since lots of DCC systems are 5 Amps, compared to typically 1 Amp for a DC controller, this is the reason why DCC requires larger wire sizes. If your layout is to be a small inglenook type layout, with a single locomotive with a DCC system with a lower power outpu
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